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Note About Standardized Testing

During this challenging time, we are aware that many prospective graduate students are unable to access standardized testing. In response, we may be able to waive this requirement for spring 2021 admission. Please do not let the inability to access a standardized test deter your admission process. Contact your graduate school enrollment counselor for more information.

Graduate Admission

Whether your goal is to update your professional skills or advance your career, Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a graduate program that is right for you. With over 30 master degree programs to choose from, flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, and experienced faculty to provide the guidance you need to succeed – LRU makes earning your master’s degree a reality. Programs are offered across our three campuses and many are fully online, allowing you to begin in any semester and complete the program at a pace that fits your busy schedule. Students can enroll in our graduate programs through a Traditional Admission Track or a Career Admission Track, which is designed for applicants who have distinguished themselves in the workplace or community.


Thank you for considering Lenoir-Rhyne University for your continued education – we are confident you have made the right choice. With your convenience in mind, we have outlined a step by step process which should assist you in submitting your graduate application and supporting documentation – and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Students can enroll in our graduate programs through a Traditional Admission Track or a Career Admission Track, which is designed for applicants who have distinguished themselves in the workplace or community.


Lenoir-Rhyne University offers over 30 master degree programs across our three campuses in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia, South Carolina. Our comprehensive programs are designed to offer the flexibility and convenience you need to accommodate your busy schedule. Whether you choose to pursue your degree on campus or online, our experienced faculty and staff are here to offer the support you need to succeed.


At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we recognize that paying for your master’s degree is a top concern. Our staff is here to provide financial aid, payment plans, and other options to help all graduate students achieve their educational goals. Bridges to Dreams, Alumni Advantage, and LR Partners are programs specifically designed for current students, alumni and employees of our business partners - respectively - which offer tuition discounts and other benefits.


We welcome you to contact us and encourage you to ask questions. Our LR Admission team is ready to speak and/or meet one-on-one with all graduate students to make the application process as easy as possible. They are eager to provide the information and guidance you need to submit your application, develop a financial plan, and select the graduate program to best meet your goals.


“The flexibility of the MBA program is what attracted me to Lenoir-Rhyne. I can go to school while working full-time and taking care of my daughter. The web streaming options have made it possible for me to manage coursework and family life.”

Master of Business Administration


"With today's challenges of climate change, species extinction, a growing human population, and energy demands, the world requires leaders that can provide practical and scientifically based solutions. I feel the Master of Science in Sustainability Studies program has provided me with the leadership skills and knowledge to address these issues with confidence."

Master of Science in Sustainability Studies


“It is never too late to get started earning a graduate degree. I always wanted to go to graduate school but time, money, and circumstances never seemed to work out until I was in my early sixties. Many students in the program work full-time and attend classes in person or through WebEx in the evenings. One of the people who graduated with me was 83 at the time.”

Master of Arts in Writing

"The Master of Arts in Leadership program has inspired me to think more creatively about leadership, marketing, sales, and management skills used to promote my business."

Master of Arts in Leadership


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“I chose Lenoir-Rhyne because throughout the application process the faculty and staff were always incredibly kind and easy to get in touch with."

Master of Business Administration

"Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Arts in Writing program provided the opportunity for me to attend classes virtually. I was able to interact with faculty and classmates from a remote location and never once felt disconnected from the program or the people."

Master of Arts in Writing

“My favorite memory during my time at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary was serving LR and Bethlehem Lutheran Church as vicar. I was blessed in many ways while serving as vicar, and my curiosity of parish and campus ministry was fully affirmed during that time.”

Master of Divinity


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